Isaiah McKenzie

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Isaiah McKenzie
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McKenzie in the 2017 NFL preseason.
No. 19 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Wide receiver
Return Specialist
Personal information
Born: (1995-04-09) April 9, 1995 (age 24)
Miami, Florida
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight:173 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High school:American Heritage School
(Plantation, Florida)
College:Georgia
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 172
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:22
Receiving yards:208
Receiving touchdowns:0
Rushing yards:70
Rushing touchdowns:2
Return yards:570
Total return touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Isaiah McKenzie (born April 9, 1995) is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia,[1] and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

College career[edit]

McKenzie's first two years with the Georgia Bulldogs only saw him accumulate 190 receiving yards and 195 rushing yards,[2] as he was primarily used as a kick returner. After Kirby Smart replaced Mark Richt as head coach, McKenzie was more prominently featured in the Georgia passing game. He caught 44 receptions for 633 yards and 7 touchdowns as a junior, becoming the Bulldogs' top receiver. Leading into the 2017 NFL Draft, draft analyst Mel Kiper compared McKenzie to current Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown due to similarities in their kick-return abilities and athleticism.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Denver Broncos[edit]

McKenzie was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round, 172nd overall, in the 2017 NFL Draft.[4]

On September 11, 2017, in the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, McKenzie returned three punt returns for 48 net yards in his NFL debut.[5] On September 24, against the Buffalo Bills, McKenzie recorded his first career rushing attempt, a four-yard carry.[6] He totaled four receptions for 29 yards on the season.[7]

On September 10, 2018, McKenzie was waived by the Broncos and was re-signed to the practice squad.[8] He was promoted to the active roster on October 25, 2018.[9] He was waived again on November 2, 2018.[10]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On November 5, 2018, McKenzie was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills.[11]

McKenzie was used as the primary kick returner, but has also seen significant time on offense. He scored his first NFL touchdown, rushing 6 yards on a jet sweep, against the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 25.[12] Against the New York Jets, he was used in the run game after LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory suffered injuries, rushing for 22 yards on four carries with another touchdown to go with 47 receiving yards in the 27–23 loss.[13] He had 18 receptions for 179 receiving yards to go along with 66 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns on the season.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Isaiah McKenzie top prospect in shallow UGA NFL draft pool".
  2. ^ "Isaiah McKenzie Stats – Georgia". ESPN. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Butt, Jason (May 1, 2017). "Could Isaiah McKenzie be the next Antonio Brown? An ESPN analyst thinks so". The Macon Telegraph. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Swanson, Ben (April 29, 2017). "Broncos trade up in fifth round, select WR Isaiah McKenzie". DenverBroncos.com. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos - September 11th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills - September 24th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Isaiah McKenzie 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Broncos waive Isaiah McKenzie, make pair of practice-squad moves". DenverBroncos.com. September 10, 2018.
  9. ^ DiLalla, Aric (October 25, 2018). "Broncos promote WR Isaiah McKenzie to active roster". DenverBroncos.com.
  10. ^ DiLalla, Aric (November 2, 2018). "Broncos activate S Su'a Cravens from IR, promote WR River Cracraft to active roster". DenverBroncos.com.
  11. ^ Brown, Chris (November 5, 2018). "Bills awarded claim for receiver/returner Isaiah McKenzie". BuffaloBills.com.
  12. ^ Maiorana, Sal (November 28, 2018). "Bills' offense has been rejuvenated by young WRs Foster, McKenzie". Democrat & Chronicle. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "Bills' Isaiah McKenzie: Shows off rushing skills". RotoWire. CBS Sports. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "Isaiah McKenzie 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 6, 2019.

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